Do Supervisors Know What They Are Buying?
Toxics on the SG Golf Course
Do Marin County Supervisors know what they are buying with our tax dollars? Will Marin county pay an inflated price to purchase a golf course with potentially toxic materials? Will Marin taxpayers foot the bill to clean up hazardous waste and to protect Native American artifacts?
San Geronimo Valley Stewards have notified TPL and County Officials about these concerns, and provided evidence of physical conditions on the property. Did TPL's appraisal consider these physical conditions when it valued the property at $8.8 million? We don't know, because County authorities refuse requests to release the TPL appraisal.
What toxics or hazards may have been reported in TPL's Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment? Because the Assessment has not been disclosed, it is not clear what environmental hazards TPL or the County may be responsible for.
CEQA review must be required because of the unusual circumstances of this property: physical conditions, historical mining and development, piecemeal changes in land use described by the County and TPL, and proposed creek restoration projects. When Marin County signed the TPL Purchase and Sale Agreement, the County became obligated to accept title and pay TPL $8.85 million, although escrow closing may be delayed until 2019.
The County should act to protect the public and county taxpayers!
A. Require TPL to pay for outside expert inspections of stream water quality, groundwater pollution, soil contaminants, and hazardous mineral deposits. The County should publicly disclose the inspections.
B. Require TPL to protect the Miwok encampment sites from desecration.
C. Require TPL to indemnify the County for future claims and losses due to the environmental hazards of soil, minerals and groundwater.
D. Hold back a reserve from the $8.85 million purchase price to reimburse future cleanup costs incurred by Marin County or by any government agency that grants public funds for the purchase.
E. Impose restrictions on SPAWN and other agencies who plan creek restoration or other projects, to safeguard against release of toxics or potentially hazardous materials, and to protect Native American artifacts.
When the County takes title to the property, it will be our mess, and our tax dollars will pay for it.
WRITE OUR SUPERVISORS!
Click on e-mail addresses below to directly send your message of opposition of this deal, and that a
CEQA Review must be required to protect the public and insure that taxpayers dollars aren't in jeopardy of future risks.
Supervisor Denis Rodoni DRodoni@marincounty.org
Supervisor Damon Connolly DConnolly@marincounty.org
Supervisor Judy Arnold JArnold@marincounty.org
Supervisor Katie Rice KRice@marincounty.org
Supervisor Kate Sears KSears@marincounty.org
Parks Director Max Korten MKorten@marincounty.org
Brendan Moriarty firstname.lastname@example.org
A CEQA REVIEW MUST BE PERFORMED TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC AND COUNTY TAXPAYERS BEFORE THIS DEAL IS SEALED!